Slavery gang arrested in 2013 finally goes before magistrates

Well over two years since police dismantled a Romanians slavery network in Moura, four men and a company have gone before Beja magistrates accused of people trafficking and the withholding of documents. Victims of the gang say it ‘hired’ people to work in agriculture, leaving them months without pay and forcing them to live in ‘sub-human conditions’. It is the third case of its kind involving Romanians in Beja, reports national tabloid Correio da Manhã.

The operation came to the notice of authorities after 23 Romanians lodged complaints.

In the dock are four countrymen aged between 26 and 38.